A large part of the answer lies in the fact that PDF is clever enough to accommodate the wide range of purposes confronting any electronic replacement for paper. You'll find PDFs everywhere - from Navy ships to clinical trials to printing presses to corporate and government websites. The format's breadth and depth of features is a testimony to its status as one of the most horizontal of end-user technologies.
Who can imagine the modern digitized world without some sort of electronic paper technology? The name of that technology is ISO 32000, but you probably just call it "PDF".
As the fourth day of the Ottawa conference opens, I marvel at the scope of issues before these Standards Committees - the people who manage the PDF format and its subsets.
There are perhaps 100 people world-wide who spent a lot of time thinking about the guts of PDF. For our second in-person conference of 2010, many of them flew (or drove!) to Ottawa, Ontario to talk about PDF Standards. Delegates at this particular meeting are a typical cross-section, representing Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and the United States.
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